A Democratic state senator in Missouri on Thursday hoped for President Donald Trump’s assassination in a Facebook post that was later removed — and she refused calls to quit by saying that “there’s no way in hell that I’m resigning”, Newsmax reports.
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, 42, responded to a Facebook poster’s comment on possibly being visited by the Secret Service by saying: “No I will. I hope Trump is assassinated.”
Her comments, coming after President Trump’s remarks on the Charlottesville incident, were reported by KMOX-AM in St. Louis.
Chappelle-Nadal was first elected to the Senate in 2010 after serving six years in the Missouri House.
The Secret Service office in St. Louis told KMOX that it took Chappelle-Nadal’s comment very seriously.
In an interview later Thursday with the station’s Carol Daniel, Chappelle-Nadal said that she would apologize “when the president apologizes.”I’m not apologizing for being frustrated and angry at the bigot that we have in our White House.”
When asked whether she would resign, Chappelle-Nadal said, “Absolutely not. That’s ridiculous.”
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber called for the senator’s resignation.
“State Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s comments are indefensible,” he said in a statement. “All sides need to agree that there is no room for suggestions of political violence in America — and the Missouri Democratic Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the president.”
“I believe she should resign,” he said.
Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill also called for Chappelle-Nadal’s resignation.
“I condemn it,” she said of the statement. “It’s outrageous. She should resign.”